Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Truths of Life - Classroom Edition

Over the course of this school year, I've developed three Truths of Life for classroom application.

  1. The answer is always "it depends." If asked, "Depends on what?" you should answer, "On a lot of things." This basically means, "I'm so smart that I see not just one reason, and not just two reasons, but 15 reasons, and we don't have time to go through them all." (NOTE: "It depends on a lot of things," while always a true answer, is never acceptable as a response to an exam question.)
  2. Every jerk teacher was once a nice teacher until he'd been sufficiently abused. When Mr. Dondelinger is busy making sure you will respect his authoritah, you should remember that he started his career like Mr. Bergstrom and probably let the kids call him "Harlan." A corollary to this is the truth that every rule exists because it once didn't.
  3. To paraphrase Monty Python, "Nobody expects the Industrial Revolution." Offered as a defense of Thomas Malthus.

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